Mike Mularkey's Titans lost once again at home today, bringing the record to a brutal 2-9. There were a number of things that went wrong for the Titans, but two areas stood out in particular: the secondary and the offensive line. That got me thinking -- what is the number one need for this roster?
With the season circling the drain and a top five draft selection looking like a lock, this debate is sure to rage on through draft season. You could go a number of different directions with this pick, but it looks like the options can essentially be boiled down to an offensive tackle, defensive back or Joey Bosa.
The secondary struggles were highlighted today against Oakland. Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts were running free among the Titans's defensive back half today. Each player was able to gain consistent separation and produce, despite playing in a downpour.
Simply put, Tennessee has to do better than Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh. Jason McCourty should be back along with Perrish Cox, but the Titans have to get legitimate number three and four cornerbacks. Taking Jalen Ramsey, Mackensie Alexander or Vernon Hargreaves would give the Titans' a legitimate shutdown corner, while allowing Cox to handle slot responsibilities. Pairing up a potential lock-down corner with this pass rush could really be a lethal combination.
That all sounds great, but then you have to address the offensive line. The Titans haven't been able to run the ball at all this season. That is in part due to a lack of talent at running back, but mostly due to a lack of talent up front. Byron Bell isn't the answer at right tackle while center and left guard remain major question marks. In steps Laremy Tunsil or Ronnie Stanley. I highlighted this scenario in my latest mock draft.
I would hate to see one of the talented corners fall through the Titans' fingers, but it may benefit the team in the long run. It's a fascinating decision that will shape the franchise for years to come. I won't blame the organization for going either direction, but I think you have to start with protecting your franchise quarterback. Marcus Mariota has been great when he's had the chance to be, but offensive line issues continue to limit him. Any quarterback is going to struggle without consistent protection.
If I had to pick today, I'm going offensive line. What about you?